NOTE, My name is Chris (That's the "C" in my full name - everyone in the family called my dad "John" and no one wanted to call me "Junior" - so Chris it is :-)
Update 2 November 2012 =======================
I acquired a new rig a few weeks back - an Elecraft KX3. What a marvelous little radio!
With the single exception of power output (only 12 watts vs. 70) the KX3 does more than and outperforms everything shown in my station photo on this site. But I can hold it in my hand, and it runs on batteries.
Last week, while on vacation I threw an end-fed 20 meter wire up in a tree and was working DX from the patio of our little vacation cottage. My favorite moment was rag-chewing at 20+ WPM - hand held using the KX3's built-in paddles. Marvelous fun.
Next: an amp for the home QTH, and of course, a better antenna :-)
June 2012 ================================
I had my first QSO on August 9, 1960 as WV2OGV. I was eleven years old.
I'm back on the air for first time since the mid-1980s (except for for a few stints as a VHF contest op with friends WC2F (sk), K2SMN, K2TXB, et. al. back in the early nineties).
It's like I stepped out of a time capsule.
I'm working CW only for now. Always preferred it - don't even have a microphone:-) 20+ WPM copy came back with no difficulty, but I was surprised that my fist, especially with a straight key, was pretty well shot at first, but came back with practice.
Station equipment consists of a 30+ yr. old Icom 740 and a Heath HW9 QRP rig (9 June 2012 - Just had my first QSO with the HW9 in at least 25 years! DL5AXX on 15 CW - amazing what that little rig can do with 5W :-). Added an audio DSP unit to the Xcvr and it made the modern noise levels bearable.
Put up an Alpha-Delta DX-EE 40-10 parallel dipole as an inverted V with the apex at 33 feet. Anything bigger or higher is not possible at this QTH :-(
The antenna went up on the morning of May 26, 2012 - about 14 hours into the 2012 CQ CW WPX contest - which was a perfect way to see if my old rig and this new antenna were working- they were:-) Contacted 30 States and 48 countries in about 12 hours on the air.
Prior call signs: WV2OGV, WA2OGV, N6ECU, and now NW6V. As I said, first QSO August 1960 as a little kid. By the time I was 14 I had WAS, WAC, and confirmed 73 countries - mostly on CW. Even then the enjoyment of working DX defined my ham radio experience.
My Elmer was Ed Raser, W2ZI, one of the real old-timers (see the March 2012 QST for more info about Ed).Ever actually SEE (and hear) a spark gap transmitter in operation? I have :-)
But after thinking about it, my real Elmer was my dad. Dad was also a member of the Old Timers Club - he was first licensed as W3JGN when New Jersey was in the 3rd call area! As he moved around in the Navy pre WW2, he held, I believe, W6JGN in California and K6CAL in Hawaii. Although inactive, Dad was still licensed as K2CAL in NJ when he passed away back in the nineties.
My father's influence was great: I grew up around electronics (and other technical stuff) and it shaped my life. He'd been a had been a Navy operator for decades - after I got my Novice he wouldn't help me string up antennas until I could copy and send 13 WPM. :-) I was 11 at that time :-)
Well, I'm now living just SW of Portland, Oregon - and I'm very glad to be back on the air.
73, Chris NW6V
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